1980s

The Era of Expressways

1981

  • The Comprehensive Traffic Study reports that an all-bus system is not practical and recommends go-ahead of a mass transit rail system.
  • Pan Island Expressway (PIE) opened to traffic. East Coast Parkway (ECP) completed.
  • Benjamin Sheares Bridge completed.
  • First computerised Area Traffic Control System for city area traffic signals.

1982

  • Green light finally given to build MRT.
  • Taxis allowed to install radios; front-seat seat belts compulsory for taxis.

1983

  • Trans-Island Bus Services (TIBS) Ltd began operations as Singapore's second public bus operator.
  • Singapore Bus Service (SBS) Taxi started operations.

1984

  • Air-conditioned buses introduced on Singapore roads.

1985

  • Most buses converted to one-man-operated fare collection system.
  • Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) completed.

1987

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  • Incorporation of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit Ltd (SMRT), the private operator of the MRT system.
  • Public Transport Council (PTC) set up to regulate bus services and public transport fares.
  • First section of the MRT system, from Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh, opened for service. Within 3 weeks, the millionth ride is recorded.

1988

  • Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) completed.

1989

  • TransitLink set up by SBS, SMRT and TIBS to develop an integrated bus-rail public transport system.